39. Before a proposal is made to the Government on permanent protection status for land set aside as a proposed aquatic reserve, biodiversity reserve or man-made landscape, the Minister shall entrust the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement or one or more persons the Minister designates as commissioners with the mandate to hold a public consultation.
The Government may, however, exempt any proposal it designates from the consultation process. An exemption may be made in particular where the Government considers that other means may be used to clarify the various issues raised by the proposal, such as the environmental and social impact assessment and review procedure provided for in Title II of the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q‐2).
In every such case of exemption, the Minister shall publish in the Gazette officielle du Québec a notice containing the particulars required under paragraphs 1 and 2 of section 38, with the necessary modifications. The notice shall also be published in a newspaper circulated in the region concerned or, if there is no such newspaper, in the region closest to the proposed protected area. The decision of the Government shall be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec with the Minister’s notice, and shall briefly state the reasons justifying the exemption.
2002, c. 74, s. 39; 2017, c. 4, s. 2481.